Department of Health backs Big Walk

2015-09-24 06:00
Dave Tiltmann (Managing Director of Algoa FM) and Dr Singilizwe Moko (General Manager for District Health Services for ECDOH).
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EARLY detection and treatment of blood cancer and other blood diseases in the Eastern Cape, have been given a boost through the partnership of the Eastern Cape Department of Health, and Algoa FM on the station’s annual Big Walk for Cancer which will take place on Saturday, October 31.

Dr Singilizwe Moko, the Department’s General Manager for District Health Services, announced a three- year partnership with Algoa FM at the launch of the Big Walk for Cancer on Friday, September 11.

The partnership is part of the department’s efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle, and the early detection of diseases, according to Eastern Cape health MEC Dr Phumza Dyantyi.

“As a department we encourage individuals to adopt and maintain personal behaviour that prevents diseases and promote health,” she said.

“With the Department of Health on board the Big Walk for Cancer is now the single biggest corporate social investment project in the Eastern Cape,” said Dave Tiltmann, managing director of Algoa FM.

Working with the private sector and the Department of Health in the province, the Igazi Foundation set up the first two dedicated oncology wards in the Eastern Cape.

Patients no longer need to travel outside of the province for treatment for blood cancer and other blood-related diseases.

According to Dr Neil Littleton, the founding member of Igazi, the funds raised through the Big Walk for Cancer will be used to support a number of projects.

They include Marrow Masakhane, which aims to encourage more people of colour to register with the Bone Marrow Registry; a study into the environmental causes of blood cancers in the Eastern Cape; training for ge-neral practitioners and medical officers, and ongoing upgrades and improvements to the Aloe Igazi wards in the Provincial Hospital.

“Participants in the annual Big Walk for Cancer will be making a difference in thier own lives, and those of neighbours and families,” said Littleton.

The entry fee for the 5km walk is R50. It will take place on Saturday, October 31, at the Boardwalk. Entry forms are available from Brian Bands in Cape Road, Total Sports stores in PE and Algoa FM. An online entry portal is also available at www.algoafm.co.za

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